QUICK REVIEW: Infinity Baby – Directed by Bob Byington

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By Jennifer Sibley

In this bleekly hopeless absurdist world, Stem Cell Experimentation has developed a genetic strain of babies that do not age, staying around 3 months old forever. Although the result of pure accident, it has been exploited and turned into a lucrative company now worth millions of dollars.

Who would want this? what kind of deranged sad person would want an infant that stays an infant for the rest of your natural life?

The film doesn’t really concern itself with the people who would actually want one of these INFINITY BABIES but takes most of its time following those involved in the company itself.

Opening with the always lavishly bizarre Kieran Culkin as Ben, the vice president of the INFINITY BABY company, that was founded by his father and ran by his uncle played the delicious Nick Offerman.  On some kind of a blind date Ben storms into a small cafe meeting an older looking woman, and before he starts to sit down, he immediately asks her age, if she wants to get married again and if she would like to have kids. Immediately we are unsure if he is asking this because that is something he would want or because its something that he is trying to avoid

However within minute we realize that Ben has a distaste and almost child like fear of any kind of commitment, and almost lacks the realistic maturity to actively be in any kind of meaningful human relationship.  a pure parallel to his company that specializes in babies that will never mature into functioning adult with a meaningful take on life.

Eventually he meets Alison, a quirky city girl played by Trieste Kelly Dunn, a girl who takes an unnatural appreciation to Bens dry and uninteresting ways.  Eventually claiming that she loves him and wants to have hundreds of his babies.

in one of the best scenes in the film ,and one of the funniest scenes I have seen all year, Ben brings Alison to meet his “Mother” played by Offerman opposite Megan Mullally.  At first,  She questions Alisons every intention and move, and has every intention of disliking her but as Alison goes on, she slowly transitions and becomes almost moved by her honesty, pre informed take on life. Eventually she feels so bad, she reveals Ben plot, and his ultimate intentions

She is not actually his mother, Ben Brings girl to her house, and when the fake mother dislikes the girl, Ben uses that as an excuse to break up.

This immature game has appeared to have gone on for some time with Ben even asking her why she decided, after all these years to admit this now

Her simple reply being that she is simply too good for Ben

 

Bens story of hopeless, cathartic sex disguised as self loathing masochism and complete existential despair is only one of the many faces from the company we meet in the very short time span of the film, although Bens is the most interesting and the part of the film that really shines through, balancing an absurdist view of contemporary relationships with one of the most original business concepts in some time.

As already a fan of the previous work by Bob Byington, this film to me is another stepping stone, paving the way for him to surly be one of the most unique , dryly humorous and deeply depressing voices in American Indie Film

 

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